I hate ‘plothole spotters’ as much as you do, but it’s impossible not to step back for a moment and chuckle at the silliness of how this episode’s big twist hinges on the Strawhats being dim enough to need reminding about their own powers. Seriously, Franky’s been chained up this whole time, and he doesn’t think to use his heat vision until Law brings it up.
After that, it’s just… ZAPP! And everybody’s free from Caesar’s clutches in a matter of seconds.
Then again, maybe that’s the most sensible plot development of all. All you need to do is watch a few episodes of reality TV to see how human stupidity has no limits. It’s maybe more unrealistic to expect characters to be making logical decisions in most situations they find themselves in. (I feel like any guy who dresses like Franky probably has to be missing a few screws, anyway).
Once more, the show has a lot of villains bumping without making any reintroductions. I don’t have much to say because I don’t much have much context here, and that’s all right - - I know this is a long-running serial, and it bogs things down to constantly be dolling out exposition. However, this right here is a solid piece of evidence to demonstrate that any otaku who point fingers at superhero comics for being impenetrable due to continuity are pots calling kettles black.
Actually, I do want to note that I’m pretty tickled over how Killer’s design is basically Guy Manuel de Homem Christo with a MAD MASK make-over. There’s some chart floating around which breaks down all the celebrities that Oda modeled various ONE PIECE characters after. I can totally see how Franky is basically a super-heroic version of Ace Ventura, but getting from a Daft Punk DJ to a psycho pirate seems like a more zig-zaggy line of inspiration.
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